Carrie Mae Weems Brings Change to the Guggenheim

By Zeba Blay for HYPERALLERGIC on February 24, 2014

This year, Weems gets the distinctive honor of becoming the first African-American woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim — her first major exhibition at any New York museum, ever. It’s one of those honors that sits at an awkward intersection, both disappointing and profound. Disappointing because it has taken this long for the Guggenheim to recognize an African American’s work is such a capacity, and profound because Weems’s work in particular feels strangely appropriate in this space, at this time...

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Carrie Mae Weems is an UC San Diego Visual Arts MFA Alumna.

Image Credit:

Carrie Mae Weems, “Untitled (Man and mirror),” from “Kitchen Table Series” (1990), gelatin silver print, 27 1/4 x 27 1/4 in (69.2 x 69.2 cm)
Collection of Eric and Liz Lefkofsky, promised gift to The Art Institute of Chicago
© Carrie Mae Weems. Photo © The Art Institute of Chicago
Courtesy of the Artist, the Guggenheim Museum, and HYPERALLERGIC

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